A study has been made of what it costs an airline to fly a pound of tare weight on an annualized basis. The study suggests that airlines should examine their existing container programs. The issue that must be addressed is the economic feasibility of the new generation of 10-, 20- and 40- foot intermodal containers capable of moving on truck chassis, containerships and, seemingly on roomy 747 air freighters. It is pointed out that each 3,500-pound intermodal 20-foot container adds $140,000 in operating costs. The cost of transporting 53,000 pounds of tare weight (747 freighter has capacity for 15 20-footers) is $2 gross payload of the latest model 747 freighter without a pound of revenue producing freight aboard. The aviation industry cannot afford to transport the weights of these intermodal units. Experience is quoted where the Flying Tiger Line had resumed the practice of utilizing pallets and straps as a means of turning tare weight into revenue weight.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Donnelley (Reuben H) Corp, Travel Magazines Div

    2000 Clearwater Drive
    Oak Brook, IL  United States  60521
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  • Publication Date: 1979-2

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 4
  • Serial:
    • AirCargo Magazine
    • Volume: 69
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: Donnelley (Reuben H) Corp, Travel Magazines Div

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00190200
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Air Cargo Magazine
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 11 1979 12:00AM